BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County Animal Services held an official grand opening for its newest animal shelter Saturday.
The new shelter is located on 3951 Fruitvale Avenue in Bakersfield. It has been open since October, but held its official ceremony today.
In the fall the city of Bakersfield decided not to renew the lease between the county and city for their old shelter that was off Mount Vernon Avenue.
Over 400 animals had to be moved from the old location to the new one.
"It was just a massive undertaking, and everybody came together to make sure we got these animals moved over here safely," said shelter supervisor Nick Cullen.
Animal Services Director Shyanne Schull took over the agency in September and she says that despite the challenges, county departments came together.
"We had support from the Sheriff's department, we had support from the fire department, we had volunteer support, we had general services of course working overtime," said Schull.
The shelter says they hope to implement more trap, neuter and release programs in the coming months.